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Log Cabin Republicans Name Gregory T. Angelo Interim Director

AngeloAs this Chuck Hagel drama unfolds, LCR's board announced today that Gregory T. Angelo, head of the group's New York chapter, will be LCR's interim director as they look for someone to replace Clarke, who is stepping down at the end of the year.

"Gregory's longstanding involvement with Log Cabin as leader of the New York State chapter, and his demonstrated ability with grassroots advocacy as head of our sister think tank, the Liberty Education Forum, make him the clear choice to continue the significant strides made by Clarke Cooper over the last three years," said National Board Chairman Peter Bertelsen in a press release.

And here's what Angelo had to say, from the press statement:

I am both humbled and thrilled to have the support of the Log Cabin Republicans National Board of Directors and to follow in the footsteps of the inimitable Clarke Cooper.

There has never been a more exciting and historic time to be a gay Republican-with the wind at our backs following four referendum victories for the freedom to marry last November and the United States Supreme Court soon to rule on marriage equality, 2013 could mark a turning point in the fight for equal rights for all. It has never been more critical to advocate for equality to Republicans, as Republicans.

As the Interim Executive Director of this esteemed organization, I will do everything I can to work for Republican victories that return the party to its roots of freedom, fairness, and liberty for all.


More From The Log Cabin Republicans On Chuck Hagel's 'Sincerity'

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Some are wondering why the Log Cabin Republicans suddenly decided yesterday to run a full-page ad taking on potential Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.

After all, it was only two weeks ago that LCR's outgoing executive director, R. Clarke Cooper, told Andy Humm at Gay City News that despite the criticism of Hagel's 1998 comments about Ambassador James Hormel being "aggressively gay," his foreign policy and combat experience made him a good candidate for Leon Panetta's position.

"It is well worth noting that Senator Hagel is a combat veteran who has hands-on experience in the field. The battlefield is not just theory for him," Cooper said at the time. Though he was speaking for himself and not for LCR, it sounded like something of an endorsement from the gay Republican group. Yesterday's ad made clear that's not the case.

While Cooper would explain why his comments are so strikingly different, he told Humm yesterday that this ad "was not just about an old confirmation hearing."

"Chuck Hagel’s weak record on preventing nuclear proliferation in Iran, lack of confidence in our ally Israel as well as an aggressive history against the LGBT community is a negative combination for a secretary of defense nominee," he said in an email. "While he may have recently apologized for his anti-gay comments to save his possible nomination, Hagel cannot walk away from his consistent record against economic sanctions to try to change the behavior of the Islamist radical regime in Tehran."

Meanwhile, asked by BuzzFeed about Hormel's initial assessment of Hagel's apology, that it was done with political expediency, not healing, in mind, Cooper remarked, "Log Cabin Republicans concur with Ambassador Hormel's original assessment of Chuck Hagel's current position on gay rights. We question the sincerity of it."


Log Cabin Republicans Hit Chuck Hagel In 'NY Times' Ad: PHOTO

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The Log Cabin Republicans took out a full-age ad in the New York Times today to criticize potential Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for his comments about gay people not upholding American values and his positions on Iran and Israel, another sign that President Obama's plan to replace Leon Panetta with the former GOP senator may be a non-starter.

Check out the full-page ad AFTER THE JUMP.

[via CNN]

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News: Olivia Culpo, Sentient Kitchen, Jake Tapper, Log Cabin

1NewsIcon Dan Stevens and Jessica Chastain look dashing and gorgeous on Broadway.

Bachmann21NewsIcon Federal prosecutors are charging New Jersey man Ronnie McMillian with two counts of "transmitting threats to injure another through interstate commerce" after he allegedly made threatening calls to Rep. Michele Bachmann and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, whom he reportedly singled-out for their anti-gay politics: "Prosecutors allege McMillian regularly called the offices of public officials and used vulgar language to attack the person's position on gay rights."

1NewsIcon Outgoing Rep. Barney Frank doesn't just think Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a homophobe; the Democrat thinks Scalia is "an unreconstructed bigot."

1NewsIcon In light of Brazil's São Paulo State legalizing marriage equality, Rex Wockner has an updated list of where same-sex couples can tie the knot.

1NewsIcon Religious universities debate how to cope with same-sex marriage: "For religious colleges, that can mean making another decision about who can and who can’t wed in their chapels -- and, in states that do not permit same-sex marriage, whether those couples can hold another ceremony to honor their bond. Many colleges already restrict chapel weddings to students, graduates and employees. But as denominations shift their positions on homosexuality, colleges may find themselves navigating more controversial issues within the church."

Shemar_moore1NewsIcon One Direction and a shirtless Shemar Moore were at the same tattoo parlor in Los Angeles last night.

1NewsIcon Late Sen. Dan Inouye was celebrated as a "quintessential American" during a memorial service in DC today. "While this may be a quiet ceremony for a quiet man, it will endure long after the respects are paid," Republican House Speaker John Boehner said of the Democrat. "For when this rotunda returns to life and the tour guides give their pitch, they will always speak of Daniel Inouye, the gentleman from Hawaii and one of freedom's most gallant champions."

1NewsIcon Kitties love a sentient kitchen.

1NewsIcon ABC's ever-reliable White House correspondent Jake Tapper is leaving the network to join CNN as an anchor and also as a White House correspondent.

1NewsIcon Trans-friendly beauty queen Miss USA Olivia Culpo is now Miss Universe, still as a trans-friendly beauty queen.

1NewsIcon Have yourself a merry quaint holiday.

1NewsIcon New York City's Fire Department is being criticized for confiscating apartment building lobby's live Christmas trees. "It's like 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas,' and not just Christmas, but all holidays that are celebrated," said one dispirited citizen.

1NewsIcon Texas State Rep-elect Kyle Kacal on gun control: "I've heard of people being killed playing ping-pong—ping-pongs are more dangerous than guns. Flat-screen TVs are injuring more kids today than anything."

Victorian1NewsIcon Everything old is new again: "A quantum version of a Victorian counting machine could be just what quantum computers need to race ahead of the pack."

1NewsIcon The Voice introduces us to two up-and-comers, Shakira and Usher.

1NewsIcon Oy. From Christian Post: "Porn Use Linked to Gay Marriage Support..."

1NewsIcon Does Mat Staver from the anti-gay Liberty Counsel really think marriage equality is going to spark a civil war? "This would be the thing that revolutions are made of. This could split the country right in two. This could cause another civil war." Right.

1NewsIcon The Log Cabin Republicans are happy to hear Newt Gingrich is facing the reality of marriage equality. "Gingrich speaks for many Republicans who are concerned about our party's future," Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper said in a statement. "It is particularly important and welcome to hear that Gingrich now understands the difference between church ceremonies and a civil marriage license, and that equality is no threat to religious freedom."


Chris Matthews Confronts Log Cabin Republican Head About GOP's Lagging Support for Gay Equality: VIDEO

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Chris Matthews confronted Log Cabin Republican Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper about the GOP's lagging support for same-sex marriage but had to pause his strategy for a moment after asking Cooper why he didn't oppose Karl Rove in 2004 when he was pushing anti-gay ballot measures.

Asked Matthews: “Where were you then? Did you fight Karl Rove?”

“I was actually fighting in Iraq,” said Cooper. “I was deployed in ’04.”

“Touché. You win. You win the argument. That's a very good alibi.”

Matthews then went on to ask Cooper what gay Republicans should do to work to change their platform.

See what Cooper has to say, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Republican Lesbians Look For Larger Role In Party

ElephantRoomAs liberal lesbians set-up a super PAC to fight for LGBT progress, their counterparts on the right are looking for a place in the GOP.

From a New York Times article called "Lesbian Republicans, Long a Rare Political Breed, Raise Their Profiles":

“Oh, we’re like unicorns,” said Erin Simpson, 51, who cites “personal liberty” as a fundamental value and teaches firearms safety in Tucson, Ariz. Ms. Simpson, who came out in February, was “very disheartened” by Mitt Romney’s loss — one fueled, in part, by overwhelming gay support for President Obama.

There is no way to measure their true numbers, but gay activists say that in many cases, these “unicorns” began life as Republicans first — driven by conservative upbringings, economic issues and libertarian principles. They often did not acknowledge their sexual orientation, even to themselves, until middle age.

In interviews, these Republicans say they often feel like the odd women out, in their party and among other lesbians. But these women are beginning to make their presence known...

In addition to gaining equal footing in the GOP as a whole, these women face another challenge, one universal for the Republicans at large: convincing younger voters to join their ranks. Good luck with that.


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